Welcome to the web site for writer Sara Paretsky.

Credited with transforming the mystery through the creation of her female private eye, V I Warshawski, Paretsky’s books are international best sellers, appearing in almost thirty languages.

Sara sits with Cousin Barb in an ancient cave in Crimea Author Sara Paretsky, Photo by Shauna Bittle Sara with the Coffee Pirates in Vienna doing research for Critical Mass. Sara and Mayor Daley at the Harold Washington Awards Banquet. V.I. and Sara meet in front of Buckingham Fountain. Husband Courtenay and agent Dominick Abel help celebrate the Edgar for Grand Master. In the vault at Cartier's Bond Street, Sara gets to handle the real Diamond Dagger. With Stephen King at the 2015 Edgar Dinner


“ShellShell Game, the 19th V I Warshawski novel, will be available everywhere on October 16th.




All are welcome to join Sara as she receives the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s Fuller Award for lifetime achievement on May 9 at 5 pm at the Newberry Library. A host of speakers, including Lori Rader Day, Ann Christophersen, Dominick Abel, Luis Alberto Urrea, Donna Seaman, Neil Harris, Heather Ash, and Margaret Kinsman, will give short tributes highlighting Sara’s myriad accomplishments.


Crime writers have a novel take on reducing gun violence: two dozen short stories of murder without guns. Sara wrote the introduction to Unloaded Vol. 2

If you’ve read any of the VI Warshawski books or stories, you know she travels the city up and downClick here to see V I in action in this book trailer created by three young cineastes from the University of Chicago.



January 13, 2019 // I replay my past with anguish over my failures – my biggest – my hot temper which bubbles over when I suffer a narcissistic wound. Every time it happened I was ashamed in the aftermath, vowed not to do it again. In time I learned some patience, some cooling off before reacting, but never enough. […]


  • Thursday, May 9th 2019 Sara Paretsky in Chicago, IL at Newberry Library
  • Saturday, August 3rd 2019 Sara Paretsky in Grand Marais, MN at Drury Lane Books
  • Saturday, August 31st 2019 Sara Paretsky in Washington, DC at National Book Festival


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